On Wednesday, UFC middleweight contender Gegard Mousasi expressed some frustration about the way he learned of his UFC 176 co-main event being postponed. Mousasi held no punches, but now we have a better understanding of why he went off the way that he did.
According to Mousasi’s manager, Nima Safapour, there was an honest miscommunication between his client and the UFC.
The cause of the miscommunication?
Those timezone differences that always seem to get the best of us.
“Zuffa reached out to us in advance shortly before the media became aware that the event was postponed,” said Safapour, via Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com. “However, due to the time zone differences between Holland and Vegas, combined with how quickly the news hit the media, there was an honest miscommunication between the parties.
“Any fighter is going to feel frustrated that an event has been canceled because a lot goes into these fights on a lot of different levels. Especially when one is competing at an elite level within the Top-5 world rankings. We are working on it with Zuffa, and believe we will have everything resolved shortly. We understand it is a challenging situation for everyone.”
It seems like a legitimate explanation and one that should help Mousasi get past the initial frustration he had shown.
As an added bonus for the middleweight contender, Mousasi will still get to face off against Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza inside of the Octagon.
The only difference will that the bout will be moved from the co-main event slot in Los Angeles to the main event spot at UFC Fight Night 50 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut.